In less than a month I’ve had two relatives die from various forms of cancer. My Great-uncle Richard died a few weeks ago. He was my mom’s uncle, my granddad’s brother. Last night my Uncle Buddy died. He was my dad’s brother. I didn’t really know either of these men very well.
So how am I supposed to respond to this? Both men were family that I knew. It’s been a couple years since I’ve seen my great-uncle and the last time I saw my uncle was probably in middle school at my grandma’s funeral. I wasn’t close to either of them, but they are family. So how am I supposed to respond? What emotions should I feel?
Sure, I’m saddened at the loss of two of my family members and, of course, wish I had gotten to know each of them better than I did. But because I didn’t know either of them very well, I’m more saddened by the loss my granddad and mom felt over Uncle Richard’s death and the loss my dad and Uncle J.C. are feeling over the loss of their brother.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers for my family as they deal with these losses and the details that have to be finalized.